The success of the Keanu Reeves flick John Wick gave rise to two tremendous directors: David Leitch and Chad Stahelski. This year, Stahelski went on to direct the second chapter in the John Wick story and Leitch directed what's destined to become another action classic in Atomic Blonde.
The Charlize Theron-led movie is already receiving promising reviews and by the looks of the trailers and sneak peaks, #AtomicBlonde might just kill John Wick at the box office. And we can thank video games for that. Leitch is an action genius, and he revealed to IGN during #SDCC2017 that video games like Tomb Raider and Assassin's Creed influences his filmmaking magic.
David Leitch Loves Madden And Stealing From Assassin's Creed
Madden might not be the first video game that pops into your head when you think of John Wick or Atomic Blonde, but there's definitely a little bit of the game's careful tactics in John Wick and Lorraine Broughton. Both assassins are master tacticians in everything they do, even when their only option is to improvise. When John Wick can kill two guys with one pencil and Lorraine Broughton can kill a bunch of guys with kitchen appliances, then you know #DavidLeitch had to be playing some Madden.
From a more artistic perspective, Leitch cites Assassin's Creed as a point of inspiration:
Artistically, Assassin's Creed. Their artwork and their cinematics on that game is incredible and anytime I can steal their steps, I'll do it.
And you can totally see how Atomic Blonde borrows some aspects from #AssassinsCreed. In the "Father Figure" scene, Boughton fights soldiers in a kitchen, then leaps from a window and, using her whip as an anchor, swings back through another window a story below:
The action sequence is reminiscent of the way players in Assassin's Creed can jump and freerun over rooftops. John Wick is another who borrows from Assassin's Creed, mostly in the way he moves in open spaces surrounded by people, to avoid detection.
Less surprising of all is that Leitch's favorite video game heroine is Lara Croft from the Tomb Raider series:
My favorite video game heroine is probably Lara Croft, just because she is badass and [she's] got cool clothes and shoots guns.
Atomic Blonde is set during the Cold War and judging from the trailers, super-spy Lorraine Boughton is wearing the coolest clothes an agent could possibly don. Needless to say, #CharlizeTheron is the definition of badass. Maybe a bit of living vicariously through Theron as Leitch admits he's horrible at first-person shooters.
The Interconnectedness Of Film And Video Games
Leitch described his filmmaking as being a merge between a graphic novel and a video game. He described the relationship between film and video games as an artistic connection, in the way both mediums display fantasy and how both film and video games allow the creator to build worlds. Leitch is also fond of the idea of a video game where both John Wick and Lorraine Boughton can fight each other. Now, that's a game I'd be happy to buy. As Leitch simply put it:
They'd kick each other's ass. It'll be fun.
When asked what video game property he would make into film Leitch said he would love to make a ninja movie, or Sega's Shinobi. Leitch is now filming the upcoming Deadpool 2, but here's hoping he soon directs the Ninja Gaiden movie we deserve.
What ninja video game should David Leitch make into a movie? Let me know in the comments below!